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Is Isaias Afwerki Meeting His Disciples In Washington, DC?

Eritrean strongman Isaias Afwerki is in New York, New York to attend the 66th General Assembly of the United Nations.  According to Eritrea’s Ministry of Information, he is scheduled to hold a seminar for “Eritrean nationals residing in North America” The Eritrean Embassy in Washington, DC provided one additional detail: …

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Sudan Deports 4 Eritrean Refugees; UNHCR Takes Case of 89

Out of the 93 new Eritrean refugees whom it was detaining, Sudan has deported four–three men and one woman. The Eritreans were handed over to Eritrean security authorities in the border post of Arbaeta Asher on Thursday. The Sudanese authorities finally allowed the UNHCR to visit the balance of the imprisoned …

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Hassan Salman Jailed In Saudi Arabia

Shiekh Hassen Salman, also known as Abulbara’a, has been in jail in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where he arrived to perform Umra (a lesser pilgrimage to Mecca) about six weeks ago. Muslims who can afford to perform Umra do so mainly during the last days of Ramadan which this year coincided with …

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Sudan, UNHCR Intimidated By Asmara; Eritrean Refugees Suffer

Last week, Sudan rounded up and jailed 93 (ninety-three) Eritrean refugees, including eight underage females, from the border town of Kassala and environs. Sudan is targeting around twelve of them for deportation to Eritrea. AlSharq, a legal aid group, is attempting to represent the jailed Eritreans. Some attorneys are hesitant to take up …

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Regime Identified As Authoritarian, Seminar Concludes Today

The Eritrean Dialogue Group meeting in Addis Ababa finished discussions on several issues and the seminar is expected to conclude today, Saturday, September 10, 2011. Groups formed at the seminar discussed resistance, the Eritrean Diaspora affairs, media, refugees and youth issues. They also assessed the performance of the political organizations …

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Is PFDJ Fanning Sudan’s “Currency War”?

In late August, the Sudanese regime rounded up over sixty Eritrean businessmen and PFDJ functionaries and is detaining them in Khartoum’s central prison, Kober, pending investigations on the origins of millions  worth of Sudanese currency (Sudanese pound or jineh) they were caught with. The issue surfaced when Sudan abruptly issued …

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Day 2: Eritrean Dialogue Group Resumes Discussion In Addis

An Eritrean dialogue group attending a seminar in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, continued its sessions on Wednesday. The attendants formed four break-out groups to discuss issues related to youth, media, refugees and the role of the Eritrean Diaspora. The afternoon session was spent in deliberations and debates, both formal and informal, …

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Monitoring Group Finds The Smoking Gun On Eritrean Regime

A 400+ page report of the Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea, which was made public today, states that the Eritrean regime, far from complying with UN Security Council Resolution 1907, is actually engaged in more brazen and reckless behavior that threatens to destabilize the entire Horn of Africa, and …

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Darfur Agreement And Ethiopian Diplomacy In Qatar

Under the auspices of the Amir of Qatar, a peace agreement between the Sudanese government and the Darfuri Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) was signed on Thursday in Doha. Dr Ghazi Salahaddin signed the agreement on behalf of the Sudanese government while Dr. AlTijani Sissi signed it on behalf of …

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UNSC Should Extend, Stiffen Sanctions Against Eritrean Regime

Isaias: The Matchstick Of The Horn On Friday, July 15, 2011, the Eritrea Somalia Monitoring Group (“Monitoring Group”) is expected to formally provide its long-awaited report to the Sanctions Committee that was authorized by UN Security Council Resolution 1907 which was passed in 2009. Passed by 13-1-1 vote, Resolution 1907 …

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UK Retaliates Against Eritrean Regime’s Obfuscation

The United Kingdom’s Foreign Office has made good on its threat to retaliate against the Eritrean regime’s decision to hold British nationals and to deny them consular access: it has restricted the movement of the Eritrean regime’s ambassador to the UK and told him that his regime is no longer …

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NATO Navy Captures Armament-Filled Ship, Bound For Eritrea

A small ship, originating from North Korea and carrying rockets and other armaments destined for Eritrea, was intercepted in the international waters of the Indian Ocean by international navy enforcing sanctions against Eritrea. There are 15 tons of rockets, surface to air missiles and explosives worth USD $15 million on …

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Uprising Realigns Qatar, Egypt Relations With Eritrea, Ethiopia

The North African uprising is having a dramatic impact on Egyptian and Qatari relationships with bitter rivals Eritrea and Ethiopia, with the latter benefiting from the new developments and Eritrea finding itself, once again, on the wrong side of the popular wave. Prior to the uprising, Ethiopia regularly complained about …

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Isaias Afwerki Interview: On North African Uprisings And The Horn

In part 2 of his interview with state-owned Eri-TV, Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki explained that the North African and Middle Eastern uprisings are the result of popular displeasure with vertical polarization and power/financial concentration in the hands of the elite coupled with external intervention by the practioners of “creative chaos”, …

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Prime Minister Meles Zenawi: No Longer Playing Defense

In a wide ranging interview with awate.com on April 13th, Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi discussed the economic progress in Ethiopia, as well as developments in the region particularly Eritrea, Libya, Egypt and South Sudan, and how that has, in some cases, brought about changes to Ethiopia’s policy. Referencing his …

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Outlaw Eritrean Regime Kidnaps Akito From Yemen

Sheikh Mohammed Omar Akito, one of the lions of Eritrea’s patriotic movements of the 1950s, has been kidnapped by the PFDJ from Yemen and is now languishing in an Eritrean prison. Akito, believed to be in his late 80s, was living in Djibouti when he was taken ill, and went …

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Djibouti: Guelleh wins presidential bid; opponent concedes

Djibouti’s incumbent president, Ismail Omar Guelleh, was re-elected to the presidency by a nearly four to one margin in Friday’s polls.  The challenger, Mohammed Wersama, has conceded. Across the country, Djiboutians went to polls starting at six am on Friday and voting stations were open until late at night, and …

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